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HTF DVD Review: YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG



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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted August 24 2010 - 08:01 AM


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#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 24 2010 - 08:33 AM

Michael:   I can't thank you enough for this review.   I have been looking forward to this retrospective on disc ever since I heard the documentary was making its way to theaters.   As a baseball fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Aviva Kempner's handling of the material in The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.  Ironically, Greenberg was also one of baseball's greatest stars who has also been forgotten by many who call themselves students of the game.  Four times Greenberg lead the American League in homeruns (58 in 1938! No HGH then and just two shy of Ruth's mark of 1927.) and RBIs.  He was also a two-time AL MVP.  But, he is still often forgotten when it comes to lists of great players from the 1930s and 40s.  He also lost three prime years of his career to military service--much like Ted Williams and so many others.  Also, Greenberg was the first major Jewish baseball star and took himself out of a game to be played on Yom Kippur in 1934 when the Tigers were in the midst of a pennant race.  Many think Sandy Koufax was the first major Jewish baseball star.   As a student of broadcasting I had heard of Molly Goldberg...in terms of both the radio & TV show...but have had very little exposure to the phenomena that was Gertrude Berg.  I am really looking forward to getting those blanks filled-in.  If Aviva Kempner can do the same skillful work she did on the Greenberg doc, I will be sure to be pleased.  Your review clearly makes it seem as if all bases are covered (baseball analogy alert!) in the main feature and in the separate disc of bonus features.   "The most famous woman in America you've never heard of."  It's a shame.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted August 24 2010 - 11:55 AM

That WHO has never heard of?  Young people, sure.  They never heard of Clark Gable, either.   But most people my age (60) and certainly older have "heard of" Gertrude Berg, and remember her very well.   In the long run, everyone will be forgotten.  I don't see why she's being singled out.   I would like to say the statement that she "created the first sitcom" is highly debatable, but she certainly was a radio pioneer.

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Posted August 24 2010 - 11:56 AM

Mike:   Looks like something I will have to pick up for my wife. She loves this type of film making. You have given me a great gift idea for her birthday or just for a "I love you honey. Look what I got you!" type of moment when I am on the hot seat about something.    

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Posted August 24 2010 - 12:22 PM



[quote]Originally Posted by Joe Lugoff [url=/forum/thread/303353/htf-dvd-review-yoo-hoo-mrs-goldberg#post_3722910]
 


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted August 24 2010 - 01:31 PM



 

Originally Posted by Joe Lugoff   

 

But most people my age (60) and certainly older have "heard of" Gertrude Berg, and remember her very well.


A point amply illustrated by the enthusiastic fans interviewed during the course of the documentary. The film's tagline is an advertising hook, and it's one that the author of those Sanka ads would have appreciated. (My grandmother was a Sanka fanatic to the end of her days, thanks to Molly Goldberg.)

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Posted August 25 2010 - 05:12 AM



Originally Posted by Joe Lugoff 

That WHO has never heard of?  Young people, sure.  They never heard of Clark Gable, either.

 

But most people my age (60) and certainly older have "heard of" Gertrude Berg, and remember her very well.

 

In the long run, everyone will be forgotten.  I don't see why she's being singled out.

 

I would like to say the statement that she "created the first sitcom" is highly debatable, but she certainly was a radio pioneer.


Such is the power of the television re-run and the motion picture.  Everybody remembers Lucy, but Sid Caesar and Milton Berle were two icons of early live television who are now known mainly for their movies and appearances on later TV shows.  Likewise, say the name of Peggy Wood today and the few that recognize it will mention "The Sound of Music."  But she was a star on Broadway in 1917 in "Maytime" and achieved what seemed at the time as immortality as Mama on the long-running live TV show based on "I Remember Mama."
 



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Posted August 30 2010 - 09:32 PM

JLTV (Jewish Life TV) regularly shows episodes of The Goldbergs. They are a joy to watch. I know the channel is available on DirecTV and Dish Network. I assume it is also available on various cable systems.

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Posted August 31 2010 - 03:25 AM

I have a strange situation.  I have DirecTV and JLTV shows up in my Channel List as Channel 366, but when I go to Channel 366, it's not there:   just a black screen.  What's that all about?   I guess I could call and find out, but you guys here know more than anyone.

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Posted August 31 2010 - 08:42 AM

I actually had something similar happen to me. Instead of me trying to explain it, here's a quote from a DirecTV forum that answered a similar question:

 

JLTV, channel 366, is broadcast from the 119 satellite. You may need a dish upgrade if your dish has only one lnb on the dish pointing back at the reflector. If it has three differently-sized ones then try repeating satellite setup and choose the 5-lnb or Slimline-5 option.

 

In my case, I had chosen the wrong option when setting up my new receiver. When I went back and selected the 5 lnb option, JLTV appeared.



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Posted August 31 2010 - 07:23 PM

Well, thanks for that!  That's probably the explanation.  Now I need to look into it.   I recently read that peoples' lives are 100 times more stressful than they were 100 years ago, and it's because of things like worrying if our whatchamacallits on our dishes are pointing back at the reflector or not.   No wonder I like to watch shows like Molly Goldberg.  Life was so much simpler then.

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Posted September 01 2010 - 01:36 AM



Originally Posted by Joe Lugoff 


No wonder I like to watch shows like Molly Goldberg.  Life was so much simpler then.


Ain't that the truth.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted September 01 2010 - 02:16 AM



Originally Posted by Joe Lugoff 
No wonder I like to watch shows like Molly Goldberg.  Life was so much simpler then.

 

Simpler? I guess you miss the whole point of what happened to the actor that played Molly's husband. Explain to me how simple Philip Loeb's life was back during this time?


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Posted September 01 2010 - 11:55 AM

That's an individual tragedy.  I'm talking about how everyone's lives now are more complicated and stressful, for many reasons.

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Posted September 01 2010 - 12:37 PM



Originally Posted by Joe Lugoff 

That's an individual tragedy.  I'm talking about how everyone's lives now are more complicated and stressful, for many reasons.

 

The man killed himself after a unified and invisible accuser listed him as commie. He wasn't a secret Soviet, but that didn't stop somebody with a grudge from ruining his life. And he wasn't the only one. He was a victim of the era.

 

You can't compare the fictional depictions of life with the reality of the times.
 

Peoples lives have always been complicated and stressful. People lived with a major fear that we'd be destroyed by the Soviets in the '50s. There's also that pesky polio. In the South, the Goldbergs weren't the most welcome of entertainment. . I'm going to guess during the late '40s when the Goldbergs were on the radio, there were a lot of complicated and stressful lives around the globe.

 

The only reason a person remembers their childhood as uncomplicated and unstressful is because your parents did their best to hide you from it - unless you were one of those kids forced to work at the slaughter house or coal mine.


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Posted September 01 2010 - 03:50 PM

Well, it was some article I read, talking about some study some psychologists did.  I guess they exaggerated.  But I do know for sure I spend a lot of time on the Internet today, when (obviously) I spent no time on the Internet prior to the 1990s, which left more time for other things.  I think the great problem is we seem to have more and more options available to us today, but there's still only 24 hours in a day.





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